By Engr. Syed Ghulam Mustafa
M.E Electronics System Engineering
Munna Muslim Pakistani is one of my best friends, I have known him since my childhood. He has sacrificed his whole life in motivating the people for change. He believes that one should struggle for the betterment of society and his surroundings in his utmost capacity. He is really an honest person, and unlike our conventional and seasonal politicians he does not seek any personal benefit for his endeavors for the change. Rather, His only aim is to contribute towards the society within his capacity to bring real positive change. He always wanted me to be the part of his struggle but I didn’t give any attention to his call, considering it a useless practice. I felt that the whole society was corrupt, illiterate and reluctant to lose its own personal wasted interest. Whenever he came to me to talk about this philosophy of change, I ignored him badly by showing great apathy for his thoughts.
One day he came to me with tears in the eyes, he was extremely worried about the abusive use of internet, especially facebook and twitter. This time his tears worked, and my heart softened to listen the reason behind his vexation. In very low and soft voice I asked, what happened Munna? why you are crying?then he seized this opportunity with both hands, and started his campaign of so called change. He said, today I am very upset. After the observation of many years I found that the meaning of word “change” is almost hijacked, and everyone is using this word as a slogan to get better of their mean/coward interests. The thing that brought tears in my eyes is that majority of educated youngsters nowadays using these two social communities, has become the part of this fraudulent change moment, and consuming their energies to support the wasted interests of individuals, which is definitely increasing their distance with the real social, moral and behavioral change. First time in life his words struck my mind and I start giving attention to his words. He further said that changing the rulers and changing the system cannot bring the strong and long lasting change, but it can only be brought about by changing every individual’s thinking and thereby the society. After listening to his initial speech, I got somewhat convinced with his arguments, but still too many confusion and cross question were revolving in my mind. I said, Munna ! you are right, but me and many alike have some reservations against your change agenda. Today I promise that I’ll be part of your change moment if you can answer my few questions. In reply astute Munna said I am not here for trading or bartering, neither I want anything from you nor you can give me any, I am just fulfilling my duty, I want to be successful in my journey, but truly speaking my destination is far beyond success, even than I am ready to answer your confusions. The first question I put in front of him was how a single person can bring change when the whole society is corrupt and not ready to change. He said listen brother, if the whole society is going to kill their parents for no reason, what will you do? You will follow the society trend or will revolt against society? When you alone can stand up against this brutal injustice than why can’t you stand for your own motherland? His words struck like a hammer on my mind, and to get out of his dominating reply, I immediately threw my next question and asked him how one can make participation in this change moment, when we have no clear vision, no leadership to follow, no political party and even no visible aim. He smiled and said dear brother, you don’t need to be worried about this, you just have to practice good moral values and ask the people around to behave the same way. Whatever you are and wherever you are, just perform your duty with honesty, meet people humbly, help others selflessly, get rid of social and personal biases, lower your expectations, respect your superiors and support your sub-ordinates, talk gently, respect the other sects and religions, debate logically with the clear mind that either convince other or be convinced, don’t spread rumors, and most importantly cordially accept difference of opinion. Once you will start practicing it, there will be an addition of one good person in the society, subtraction of one ill mentality from society, multiplication of one real change campaigner in the society and of course it will signify the division between bright and dark side of the society. So do not underestimate your role, this chain reaction one day will change the whole society and in turn the whole world. I was admiring his words, but still I was not completely convinced. I said it will take many years, and how I can alone endure all the losses incurred in this process? Once again he shook his head affirmatively and replied, as far as time is concern, brother do you remember the level of honesty and self-sacrifice at the time of our independence? Only few percent people were corrupt, but their consistent bad practices has turned the color of almost the entire country into dark one, and it took almost sixty four years to converge from more positive to more negative society. Won’t you allow at least half of this time for the restoration? As far as the bearing of losses is concerned, all the deeds I asked you to do belongs to good traits, in every religion and sect, these are the instructions of God, Ram, and Allah. Can you even think for a moment that one moving on the path of his lord will face any loss? Of course not, so keep practicing these good deeds and enjoy the benefits of the life approved by your lord.
I said Munna, all right I agree with your view point of changing the society, but what to do with this corrupt political set up, I don’t trust anyone hence I did not ever cast a vote. Munna said dear brother this is the biggest mistake we change-loving people are making since inception of our history as nation. If you don’t find the ideal or best correct option in the elections THEN you must at least vote for the best possible available option. If you won’t vote, than corrupt people will get an open ground to invade. And what if that best selection did not deliver? I supplied a counter question. Munna said, No problem, in next election look for another option and within four to five cycles we will be successful in bringing honest and competent leadership. But make sure your vote is not influenced by personal, communal, sectarian, lingual or territorial interest, or by historic political affiliations. No, Munna, it doesn’t seem to be right, even if we vote for honest leadership, fraudulent election and rigging will not allow us to bring genuine leadership. Munna said, you might have heard the famous quote of Napoleon Bonaparte, in which he said “world suffer a lot not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good People” if you believe his words, you can better conclude who is responsible for this fraudulent elections.
After listening to the complete lecture once again I asked my first question again in a different way to get rid of his change campaign, as the dark side of my heart was not ready to bring this real change. I said how I can alone do this? How I can bear this burden alone? This time he did not smile, and said listen! If your home catches fire, what will you do? Will you wait for the other family members to come and join you to start the fire extinguishing process, or you will immediately initiate the rescue operation at your own? Similarly we have two options, either waiting for each other to lead, or stand up right now without waiting for anyone and start the journey of real positive change. This time I was speechless. I smiled and felt like saluting him.
The bottom line thus is my dear readers that no one can bring us the change we can bring about ourselves.